performs to Spanish poem
In a unique expression
of India's cultural links with Spain, at the inauguration of Spain's spanking
new cultural centre in New Delhi's prestigious Connaught Place, renowned
Bharatanatyam dancer Geeta Chandran performed to a Spanish poem by Juan
de la Cruz translated into Sanskrit by the India Director of the Cervantes
Institute, Oscar Pujol. The Spanish original "Canciones entre el Alma y
el Esposo" was interpreted as "Pati jivatma Gita."
In her dance
presentation, Geeta showcased the bhava of viraha or separation. "The emotions
of poetry and of dance are universal," says Geeta Chandran. "And in Oscar
Pujol, we are lucky to have one so scholarly in Sanskrit and sensitive
to Indian culture."
unique dance presentation were the Royal Highnesses of Spain, Prince (Don)
Felipe and Princess (Doña) Letizia.